Too much of a good thing?

For the soaring Celtics, the waiting might be the hardest part

Updated: April 27, 2011, 8:53 PM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Can too much rest be a bad thing? Allow Jermaine O'Neal to provide the cautionary tale (while drudging up a few bad memories for Boston Celtics fans).

It was April of 2004 and the Indiana Pacers, fresh off compiling an NBA-best 61-21 record, had earned the top seed in the Eastern Conference and a first-round matchup with the eighth-seeded Celtics, who limped into the playoffs with a mere 36-46 record in Jim O'Brien's final season.

Indiana proceeded to obliterate ...

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